Since it debuted back in the mid-2000s, the Audi Q7 has offered an excellent mix of upscale features and family-friendly design, and the 2020 Audi Q7 is no different. Sure it gets some changes for 2020, but at its core the Q7 is the smooth, refined family hauler that it’s always been. Because upscale 3-row crossovers represent one of the most popular vehicle segments, anyone looking for one is spoiled for choice, but the Q7 is a must-drive contender that manages to turn the notion of a 7-seater family vehicle into something that is, in fact, quite desirable.
As plush as a luxury sedan on the inside, the Q7 can be optioned with a number of tech-forward features, such as a digital gauge cluster and safety features like Side Exit Assist, which keeps a virtual eye out for the approach of other road users when an occupant goes to open the Q7’s door, and Intersection Assist, which is akin to rear cross-traffic detection, but for the front. There’s also available 4-wheel steering, an optional 23-speaker sound system and available air suspension. As well as providing optimum comfort, the optional air suspension can lower the ride height for optimal aerodynamics at highway speeds or raise it if more clearance is ever needed.
The Q7 is a killer combination of luxury, versatility and driving prowess, which makes it a very compelling option in the premium family SUV segment.
What’s New for 2020?
The Q7 has received a facelift for 2020. The most notable change is updated styling, which includes a revised front bumper, new headlights and a new grille up front. Around back, the Q7 gets a redesigned lower fascia and an updated liftgate that incorporates new taillights connected by a chrome bar. Inside, the Q7 gets an all-new dashboard that adds touch controls for the HVAC system and a long strip running the width of the dashboard which incorporates the air vents. Altogether, the Q7’s new dash looks futuristic, and with the standard digital gauge cluster, it now incorporates three different screens.
Finally, the Q7 gets a new engine for 2020. A turbocharged V6 replaces the supercharged V6 offered in previous model years, and it makes 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. In a very strange twist, the fuel economy actually takes a pretty massive hit with this new mill, dipping from 19 miles per gallon in the city, 25 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in combined driving to 17 mpg city/21 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined. It’s mind boggling why Audi would allow this to be the case, given that the new V6 is only marginally more powerful than the outgoing one. See the 2020 Audi Q7 models for sale near you
What We Like
- Good driving manners
- Ample technology
- Clever styling disguises the dimensions
What We Don’t
- The fuel economy of the new V6 engine is way worse. You read that correctly.
- Options send the price skyrocketing
- Active safety features are limited to upper trims
- Why do second-row side airbags cost extra?
The Q7 is available with two different engines. The base engine, which is now marketed as the ’45 TFSI’ under Audi’s confounding new nomenclature, uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder rated at 248 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque for 2020. The optional engine, marketed as the ’55 TFSI’, is a turbocharged V6 making 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines come paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels through standard all-wheel drive.
The 0-to-60 mph time is 6.9 seconds with the 4-cylinder or 5.7 seconds with the V6.
The EPA rates V6-powered examples of the 2020 Q7 at 17 mpg city/21 mpg hwy/18 mpg combined — notably worse than the 2019 Q7, which returned 19 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined from its supercharged V6. EPA fuel economy figures for the 4-cylinder Q7 have yet to be released for 2020, but expect them to be similar if not identical to those of the 2019 model, which was rated at 19 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined.
Standard Features & Options
The 2020 Audi Q7 comes in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. Four-cylinder models are limited to the Premium and Premium Plus trims, and Prestige models are V6-only.
The Q7 Premium ($55,795) comes with 19-in wheels, Audi’s virtual cockpit, Audi Connect online services with a 6-month trial subscription, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, a hands-free power liftgate, roof rails, LED headlights with automatic high beams, forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, push-button start, heated/power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, selectable drive modes (including an ‘off-road’ setting), tri-zone automatic climate control, ambient LED cabin lighting, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, leather seating surfaces, heated 8-way power-adjustable front seats (with 4-way lumbar adjustment on the driver’s side, along with memory settings), hands-free tailgate operation, a power-folding third row with 50/50 split, cup holders (6), bottle holders (4), Bluetooth, a 10-speaker audio system, a new 10.1-in infotainment display, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, navigation, HD/satellite radio, two USB ports and an SD card slot.
A Cold Weather package ($600) adds a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and all-weather floor mats, while a Convenience package ($1,200) comes with blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic detection and exit assist, auto-dimming, power-folding, heated sideview mirrors with memory functionality, a wireless charger and signal booster, and ambient LED interior lighting.
Premium Plus ($58,195) models add the Convenience package as standard and gain a 360-degree camera system, a 3D ‘surround sound’ audio system and illuminated stainless-steel door-sill inlays. V6-powered Premium Plus models also come with 20-in wheels.
A number of options are also available for the Premium Plus trim. These include the Cold Weather package and a Warm Weather package ($1,600) that adds 4-zone automatic climate control, sunshades for the rear windows and tailgate, and heated and ventilated power front seats with 4-way lumbar adjustment. There’s also a Driver Assistance package ($1,750) that adds adaptive cruise control with "Traffic Jam assist," "Predictive Efficiency" assist, "Intersection assist" and traffic-sign recognition. "Matrix-design" LED headlights cost $1,250, while air suspension is available for $2,500.
The Q7 Prestige ($72,195) is only available with the V6 engine. The Q7 Prestige comes with the Driver Assistance package, the Warm Weather package and air suspension as standard. It also includes a head-up display, ‘Matrix design’ LED headlights, power soft-closing doors and multicolor ambient LED lighting.
Optional extras for this trim level include the Cold Weather package ($600), a 1,920-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system with 23 speakers ($4,900), night vision with pedestrian/large animal detection ($2,500), Audi’s futuristic Laser headlights ($1,650), 4-wheel steering ($1,500) and an extended leather package ($1,100), which covers the instrument panel, door armrests, handle pulls, and center console. Finally, a $6,400 luxury package adds Valcona leather seating surfaces, individual 18-way power contour comfort front seats with massage functionality, passenger-seat memory settings, an Alcantara headliner and the extended leather package.
Behind the third row of seats is 14.8 cu ft. of cargo space. Behind the second row is 37.5 cu ft. of space. With both rows folded down, the maximum volume is 71.6 cu ft.
With an optional towing package, 4-cylinder models can tow up to 4,400lbs, and V6 models are rated for up to 7,700.
While the Q7 comes standard with forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, other features like blind spot monitoring, radar cruise control, lane keep assist and more are only available as part of a package or are limited to upper trims.
While they’re standard on most cars, rear side airbags for the Q7 are a $350 option, which is a little startling given that the Q7 is meant to serve as a family vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Q7 a maximum score of five stars overall. In testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Q7 earned top marks in all crashworthiness categories.
Behind the Wheel
The updated Q7 now features a very screen-heavy cockpit. We prefer the new fixed infotainment screen to the pop-up screen found in the old model. The Luxury package offered on Prestige models comes with Valcona leather seats, an Alcantara headliner and extended leather seating surfaces for an even more upscale experience. Regardless of whether or not you pay extra for more leather, the Q7’s cabin is quiet and comfortable, and it has that high-quality/high-tech feel that’s typical of Audi products. There’s plenty of occupant space in the first two rows, but the power-folding third row is still a little cramped for adults of average size or above.
Although they are optional, many buyers will likely come to appreciate the adaptive air suspension and rear-wheel steering features, as they provide superb comfort and body control as well as uncanny agility for such a large vehicle.
Other Cars to Consider
2020 Kia Telluride – While it isn’t technically a luxury SUV, the Telluride has luxury-SUV design and luxury-SUV feature content, but at a mainstream price. In what might be the biggest bargain of all time, $47,000 gets you a fully-loaded Telluride. Do yourself a favor and get over the badge on the hood, as this is one incredible SUV.
2020 BMW X5 – A little smaller than the Q7, the X5 is big on driver engagement. It offers a third row, but it’s pretty tight and is really only suited for kids. The fourth-generation X5 debuted for 2019.
Used Mercedes-Benz GL-Class – The super-capable GL (now renamed the GLS) has an adult-sized third row. A new GLS, however, is more expensive than the Q7, so consider a certified pre-owned (CPO) GL, especially if space is a priority.
While prospective buyers might be tempted by 3-row offerings from Volvo or Kia, the Q7 is hard to beat when it comes to mixing road presence, driving dynamics, refinement and passenger space. As far as trim levels go, we’d probably start by giving some thought to a 4-cylinder Premium Plus model equipped with the Driver Assistance package and go from there. Find an Audi Q7 for sale